Friday, 30 October 2009

Do you know about "The Grassroots Fund Challenge"?

Last week we attended a fashion show in this wonderful venue - The Trinity Centre, Meole Brace, Shrewsbury. It is a beautifully designed facility in the grounds of the church and must be a super asset to the area.

We were there for a charity event organised by The Community Council of Shropshire to raise funds for the Grassroots Fund. Now this is a really clever Grant scheme, so, for any Shropshire folk wanting funding for small voluntary and community groups - read on!!!

Every pound donated is matched by the Government so if you include Gift Aid etc - Every £1 donated is worth £2.56 to the fund!!

So, back to the fashion show....

The clothes were provided by Viyella, Country Casuals and Get Ahead Hats and modelled by local ladies. The ticket included scrummy finger food, er - sorry - canapes, kindly donated by Chapel Catering. Tents and Marquees Ltd loaned the catwalk carpet. Wrexham & Shropshire Railways donated 1st Class railway tickets to London and there was a magnificent raffle.

I guess a lot of effort had gone on behind the scenes to ensure the evening went like clockwork.
It really was a super event and will have raised well over £1000 as at least 100 tickets were sold. So, together with the matched funding from the Govenment, that will provide over £2000 for the Shropshire Grassroots Fund which can be used to increase the capacity of small voluntary community groups in Shropshire in years to come.

The Community Council of Shropshire has its own website

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Gorgeous cushions!

For weeks, I seem to have been working away on blinds and curtains for my daughter's new house. Not my favourite job, although after making ten roman blinds for her, I certainly think I have served my apprenticeship!

As she works full time in a very demanding job, she has had little time to help. She is great at the designing and planning and loves doing the "Ideal Home" bit, choosing colours, fabrics and accessories. This weekend however, she decided she wanted to make cushions for her new bedroom. My sewing room is always well stocked with remnants and all sorts of haberdashery bits and bobs. So, off she went in search of the materials to make her cushions.

About three hours later, with a little help from me, she had produced these two little cushions in her grey/pink colour scheme.
I don't have any pink or grey buttons left in my button jar but isn't that what we save them for?

Friday, 16 October 2009

Follow the link

Follow the link to a craft give away draw.

Friday, 9 October 2009

New template

Just fancied a change.
What do you think?

Thursday, 8 October 2009

Our postman is delivering lovely parcels!

This gorgeous little Hush pillow - filled with lavender - was sent to me by Pipany. She has a lovely website for all her beautiful cushions, bags, tea cosies and lots more pretty gifts. Her blog is a delightful chronicle of life in Cornwall, full of amazing photos of the sea, the seasons and her busy life. To find out for yourself go to
As you can see, I hung my little pillow on my side of the bed and the lavender fragrance has certainly helped me to sleep better! I think lavender is making a real come-back. My friend Calico Kate has been making little lavender sachets from vintage doilies. What a clever bunch you all are!!!